Yippee! Another technique blog hop. This month, the team is trying out another technique...Painting with Bleach. I have to admit, when I first heard this idea, I got a little scared because the danger of working with a chemical like bleach can be a bit worrisome. However with proper planning and common sense, it can create beautiful outcomes. So if you want to know more, read on.
I wanted to try out the new "Evergreen Elegance" stamp set and tree punch (hint if you order it as a bundle you can save 10% 155579 on page 91 of the new annual catalog).
I gave it a go trying out the bleach solution on several different colors to see the mystery reveal behind the Stampin' Up colors. I tried out Cinnamon Cider, Evening Evergreen, Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray and Misty Moonlight. Here are the results:
For the painting with bleach,
- prepare a plate with a damp paper towel and add a capful of bleach
- let it soak into the paper towel
- then dab on the paper towel with the stamp as if it were the stamp pad
- prep surface area in advance, wear old clothing you don't mind ruining with bleach if it should splash or spill!
- combine your card stock in a pre-selected pile along with the stamps you have in mind
I liked the Misty Moonlight results the best as it revealed a pinkish glow which I found soothing and warm. Next, I punched out the mini-trees using the tree punch that is part of the bundle. I made several punch outs from the large main piece I stamped with the bleach solution. I then layered them like they were part of the forest far, far away and stamped a focal tree in the foreground.
I wanted to add more texture and weight to the front of card and anchor it on the Misty Moonlight base. So, I then used the wintery 3D embossing folder and added a piece that was embossed with the pine branches to connect the theme together. I finished it off with a tied piece of the beautiful gray granite shimmer ribbon!
I also stamped it with the sentiment "May the beauty of the season" on the front. I decided to include the piece of sentiment on the double oval stamp (on white layered on Misty Moonlight). I split the sentiment stamp in half by masking of the rest of the saying and stamped that part on the inside. I also added the holiday rhinestone basic jewels and flicked some wink-of-stella to give it a snowy feel.
I finished off the inside by stamping the white base with the pine boughs and the rest of the sentiment, "bring you joy and warm memories throughout the year". I also stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight.
I really love how it turned out. I would love to hear your thoughts on the technique and how it all came together. Cheers to another fun technique. Thanks to Nicole Mahler for the inspiration to give it a go!
Next, check out JoAnn Pollock's creative post for more ideas about painting with bleach.
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